Seasonal Special Happenings

Observatory Park Series Launches Tonight

When: Wed., May 11 2011

If you like your astronomy served with a side of pastry, tonight's 7 p.m. coffeehouse program at Observatory Park is for you. Going up in Montville Township, Observatory Park is the Geauga County Park District's newest and largest endeavor. When completed, it will boast a 150-seat Public Viewing Building, a Warner-Swasey 36-inch "deep sky" research telescope, a seismograph station, and a one-mile Planetary Trail that offers a simulated walk across the solar system. Besides education, one of the park's top priorities is minimizing light pollution over Geauga County; already it has received provisional certification as a Dark Sky Park from Tucson's International Dark Sky Association. Tonight marks the launch of a series of five evening coffeehouses at the park: learned but informal discussions of the facility's unique astronomical significance. On hand will be a panel of physics and astronomy experts and enthusiasts, along with coffee, tea, and pastries. The event is free, but seating is limited; reservations are required at 440-286-9516 or foundation@geaugaparkdistrict.org. Find them at 10610 Clay St. in Montville Township. For more info, check out bit.ly/opcampaign. — Cicora

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